This Week In Home Entertainment: The Heat, Pacific Rim, Vikings, Defiance And More

By Jessica Rawden 2013-10-15 12:19:14discussion comments
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Defiance: Season 1 Blu-ray
Syfy’s Defiance, in many ways, has become known for its multi-platform video game probably more the accompanying television program. Regardless, Season One of the science fiction drama introduced us to a brand new Earth offering plenty of culture clash coupled with a frontier mentality. The city of Defiance is located in the remains of St. Louis. The community as a whole is largely unstable and, throughout the first season, infights between the alien communities that have flocked to Earth are as common as fights with populations attempting to take over the city.

When Defiance first hit the schedule, it was largely a show following Joshua Nolan (Grant Bowler) and his adopted daughter, Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas). The cast quickly expanded out to include Mayor Amanda Rosewater (Julie Benz) and her brotherl-owning sister, Kenya (Mia Kirshner), ambitious Castithans Datak and Stahma Starr (Tony Curran and Jaime Murray), mine owner Rafe (Graham Greene), and Indogene doctor Doc Yewll (Trenna Keating).

Many of the themes in Defiance are retreads. We’ve seen frontier communities in science fiction before, as well as different alien races attempting to live and work together. However, characters like Tarr and his wife, as well as Doc Yewll help to keep things interesting through Season 1. Datak’s an ambitious blowhard with a manipulative personality who has no idea he is a puppet compared to his wife Stahma and her own ambitions and manipulations. Yewll, on the other hand, is a smart and sarcastic doctor, with a slew of secrets in her past. It’s these characters and more that bring Defiance to life, and it’s these characters who have helped the drama to earn a second season.

You can order Defiance: Season 1 over at Amazon.

Best Special Feature: Some of the extras on the disc are pretty disappointing, including the Deleted Scenes and the segment “A Transmedia Revolution,” which is basically advertising for the series. The “Making of” segment features interviews with the show’s producers and actors explaining the show’s intentions and some of the challenges the production team faced regarding portraying different alien races. This includes a lot of information on the makeup and visual effects used on the film. If you are into the world of Defiance, there’s a ton of behind-the-scenes information available in this extra.

Other Special Features:
Deleted Scenes
Gag Reel
Defiance: A Transmedia Revolution”
“Behind the Scenes with Jesse Rath”
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